Postal History of the United States

Postal History Collecting adds a facinating element to philately with a look at the interesting usages of postage stamps over time. Whether it is particular stamps that interest you, such as the use of prexies on cover, or special processing of the mail, such as RPO Railroad Postal Offices, mail from the territories of the United States (such as California, or Vermont as examples), postal covers tell the story of the progress of a nation. Postal history on Patriotic Covers from our wars, the development of commerce and our expansion West. Enjoy the facinating world of postal history collecting and follow your passion.

Advertising Covers; Illustrated Covers with Corner Card Artwork

A popular area for collecting of postal history is the ad cover subject that, during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, offer examples of miniature engraved art promoting the companies sending the mail. Collect by topics, for example manufacturers, railroads, agricultural products, hotels, shipping companies and so many more. The range is endless and supports many of the popular topical collecting subject already enjoyed by stamp collectors.

Collecting Duplex Obliterations

The duplex handstamp used commonly by Post Offices beginning with the 1860's through the 1940s. Earlier cancels were many of the fancy cancels which were discontinued at the 1860s and the machine cancels which came into use in the 1920 but did not totally replace the duplex cancel until the 1940s.

Flag Cancel Covers

From the last 1880s to the 1940s a popular cancellation in many post offices was the machine cancellation putting down a 'flag cancel'. Many collectors look for their machine 'flag cancels' to originate in the cities of their state. The big cities are common, of course, and the smaller town's mail can be a challenge.

Presidential Inauguration Covers

Presidential Inauguration covers are envelopes postmarked on the actual date of presidential inaugurations. Inauguration Covers are popular with many different collectors. Philatelists (stamp collectors) collect them postal history, political memorabilia collectors enjoy the references to history and presidents and people who have an affinity towards a particular president include inauguration covers in their collections of a favorite U.S. president.

Patriotic and Military Covers

Remember Wake Island - Patriotic Cover and Back the Attack with an Army Post Office Cancel and a 'Buy Bonds' Cachet are two examples of popular Patriotic Covers. Of course, patriotic covers run the range from Civil War Covers to any modern cover calling for a rally around the flag.

Prexies on Cover

Stamps franked with 'Prexies' or the stamps of the Presidential Issue of 1922 are a challenge to many collectors. Of course the first stamps, common for postal cards and first class mail are common, but often still very interesting. The higher denomination stamps mostly went onto parcels, so covers bearing these stamps are much more rare. Tags for milk and furs picked up by Railroad Post Offices along the 'milk runs' are a good source..

Early Rural Free Delivery Mail Service Covers

John Wanamaker, Postmaster General from 1889 to 1893, thought it made more sense for one person to deliver mail than for 50 people to ride into town to collect their mail. Thus was born Rural Free Delivery (R.F.D.) and an an interesting area for cover collectors to persue. Values are based on the relative scarsity of the town cancel, with some being quite rare.

Collecting Ships Covers Postal History

U.S.S. Constitution 'Old Ironsides' made a cruse through the Panama Canal and up the West Coast of the United States in 1933 following its refurbishment at the Navy Yard in Boston. Each stop along the way produced a cover with a ship cancel bearing the city where the stop was made, and in most instances with a cachet for the sponsoring group.

US to Foreign Destinations

Mail to foreign destinations that have found their way back home are of interest to many collectors. One intriguing element of these covers, besides the obvious postal history question of how the mail was routed (by ship, along what treaties for example) the franking of these covers differ from the more common franking of domestic mails.

Mae Weigand Hand Painted Cachets

The cachets created by Mae Weigand are very distinctive in style. Best know for his navel covers and patriotic covers, also has a large inventory of the United Nations Flags Covers featuring handpainted cachets. Enjoy a browse of our Weigand Cachet Covers and you will find some unique 'gotta have' covers for your collection. Mae Weigand's career spanned a most interesting time in postal cover history.
Z' Cancel from AGT
Code: A7531*Cover
Price: $10.00
Cancelled by .& WHEEL, AGT with an Negative Z Cancel Stamp shows XF centering... more info
Harpers Ferry & Strasburg R.P.O.
Code: A7532*Cover
Price: $20.00
Harpers Ferry & Strasburg R.P.O. 1900 Includes a note on The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, Pass... more info
Postal Card with Negative S
Code: A7533*Cover
Price: $5.00
#UX8 postal card bearing a negative S cancel Clarksburg, W. VA 1888... more info
Martinsburg, W. VA. 1898 Cover
Code: A7534*Cover
Price: $5.00
Martinsburg, W. VA. 1898 Bank Cover 1898 Merchants & Farmers Bank cover franked with two #279... more info
Union, W. VA. On #U291
Code: A7535*Cover
Price: $25.00
#U291 (fawn) used cover to The World (Pulitzer Newspaper in New York City Postal Stationery in excelle... more info
U.S. #U35 Postal Stationery
Code: A7537*Cover
Price: $10.00
U.U. #U35 Postal Stationery Moundsville, VA cancel... more info
Martinsburg, W. VA Cover - 1887
Code: A7587*Cover
Price: $2.50
Martinsburg, W. VA Cover - 1887 A pair of #206 on cover from Martinsburg, W. VA. Attorney... more info
Sutton, W. VA Postal Card - 1906
Code: A7584*Cover
Price: $2.50
Sutton, W. VA Postal Card - 1906 Trnasaction record from The First National Bank, Sutton, W. VA... more info
Ketterman, W. VA Last Day Cover - 1937
Code: A7583*Cover
Price: $2.50
Ketterman, W. VA Last Day Cover - 1937 Last Day of Post Office... more info
E. Radford & Kenona Railroad Cover - 1897
Code: A7582*Cover
Price: $12.00
E. Radford & Kenona Railroad Cover - 1897 Norfolk and Western Railway Co Stationery... more info
Old Fields, W.VA Columbian Cover
Code: A7581*Cover
Price: $2.50
Old Fields, W.VA Columbian Cover ... more info
Marion, W.VA Cover to Canada - 1914
Code: A7580*Cover
Price: $10.00
Marion, W.VA Cover to Canada - 1914 ... more info

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